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Forum: Pentax K-1 & K-1 II 16 Minutes Ago  
K1 I.Q. better than Z9 ?
Posted By jgnfld
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Views: 585
KP user, but seems appropriate here.


While the KP ISO specs are equally "ridiculous", possibly, sometimes there is a use. Took the following pic in near total dark inside my boat a while back at 1/3200sec and ISO 819200 @63mm using a 55-300 PLM. Sure the quality is terrible. But it would certainly work as documenting X event actually occurred. Plenty of detail for that.
Forum: Pentax KP 15 Hours Ago  
To KP or not to KP?
Posted By jgnfld
Replies: 84
Views: 3,244
When I'm on an in-and-out trail, I often use one of these on the way in, change at the objective, then use the other on the way out. I find that guides my eyes quite differently and directs my attention differently as well.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 3 Days Ago  
Thematic Wildlife
Posted By jgnfld
Replies: 11,652
Views: 677,778
Hardly! The RCAF only has a bit over 250 in total...including light aircraft and trainers!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 4 Days Ago  
DA 16-85 WR,show us what it can do.
Posted By jgnfld
Replies: 1,417
Views: 216,936
A lot of "luck" in photography is simply being out there trying things.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 4 Days Ago  
Is photography dead?
Posted By jgnfld
Replies: 148
Views: 6,069
My suggestion?...Give it up. You are fixed in your definition. You remind me of my father saying that Beatles-era rock "wasn't 'real' music" or like some of my generation saying the same exact thing about hip-hop-type sounds. Or the "a child could make sellable modern art" crowd.


You don't like it? Fine. Don't. Your choice. Just don't expect anyone else who has followed different paths or is blazing new ones to care.

Bye.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 5 Days Ago  
Is photography dead?
Posted By jgnfld
Replies: 148
Views: 6,069
Let's posit a system which could take any scene and render the exact, full spectral signature from each pixel-sized area in a scene across all visible wavelength and would allow a full immersion in that scene at a later time.


Would it be "real"? Yeah, I suppose. To a fairly high degree, anyway.


Would it be photography? Yeah, of a sort. A photograph, anyway, at least. Like a webcam taking a pic every thirty seconds while focused on a bird feeder or aquarium is taking photographs, anyway. That said, with careful setup, it might constitute photography in the sense of communication as well.


Would I bother to look? Only if the artist chose the scene, the subjects, the backgrounds, the focal points, the perspectives, and thousands of other things in order to make my looking at it worth the time. Most ALL of these require manipulations from time to time. A highlighting of something IS an edit. An artist doesn't necessarily see more. But they most definitely can see specific, visionworthy aspects of a scene better and can communicate that vision. Why bother looking, otherwise?
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 6 Days Ago  
Is photography dead?
Posted By jgnfld
Replies: 148
Views: 6,069
Well "photoediting" is precisely what any digital (or analog) camera system does to produce any output at all. So every photographer is 100% reliant on photoediting in the first place. It's just that the editing is done below the surface and using the system's designers' preferences defined the properties of the collection and processing design characteristics. Even with film, 2 different films "edit" the input scene differently, as will different prints from the original negatives. Digital allows far more easy control over the editing/printing process, but doesn't change anything fundamental. If it did, Trotsky would appear in all those "historical" photographs.

In the same way, ALL prints are "edited" from the saved input. So, I'm not sure what the technical issue is at all. B&W is a more severe edit than color. But color isn't "real" in any case. As just the most obvious example, purple doesn't even exist in nature as a pure color, it only exists in our own editing wetware through stimulating both red and blue receptors at the same time. It is what perceptual scientists label a "perceived color". And of course those researchers are always producing "illusions" which show how our equipment and wetware fail to show "reality" in all sorts of situations. I've even run across haptic (touch) illusions in the lab which are very startling as they seem so "real" but clearly are not.

So much as the creator/printer/displayer intent is the issue, there's room for lots of discussion. And so much as the actual tools interact with that intent there's even more room for experts to talk. But that occurs in all art. In fact, that's kinda' the whole point. What is pointless IMO is a discussion of (for example) horse hair brushes versus camel hair brushes vs pig bristle brushes as somehow inherently more capable of showing "real". Real for what purpose? for what intent?
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 01-17-2022, 07:09 PM  
Is photography dead?
Posted By jgnfld
Replies: 148
Views: 6,069
Well maybe not such a gory mess nor as deep a hole in the ground, at least!
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 01-17-2022, 09:30 AM  
Is photography dead?
Posted By jgnfld
Replies: 148
Views: 6,069
But not 28,000 copies made at 10 frames/sec and up. Just think how many frames there'd have been if he'd had a Z-9. Or even a K-50.

But would that have improved the final result?


I doubt it.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-16-2022, 07:10 PM  
DA 16-85 WR,show us what it can do.
Posted By jgnfld
Replies: 1,417
Views: 216,936
Love Quebec City...so beautiful there. Once, about 25 years ago I was there to do final negotiations and to sign off for our province on a national professional licensing agreement for psychologists (under the original AIT). One of the other delegates--in addition to being a psych--was also a campanologist from England originally before he immigrated to Canada. Anyway, he got us into the old Anglican cathedral through his rather obscure/esoteric campanology community connections to ring the bells to celebrate!

Didn't have a camera with while climbing up the steeple, but some of the stair runs near the top were made of de-barked logs with adze-cut (NOT sawn) notches to mount the treads and risers! Lots of old blacksmith nails in evidence. I don't think any of that's present day code! And some of the graffiti on the walls went back to the just before the Napoleanic wars era.

Don't know about the condition now this quarter century later, but if it can be entered these days, there's definitely some great shooting in there and/or up there.

Quebec may be almost as stunning and nearly as pretty as Newfoundland when on the land doing landscapes! :-) (Of course there are no more stunning seascapes anywhere in the world as here...but that's just how it is!) OTOH your more urban stuff shows how much more architectural history is over your way. Especially in the Ancien Ville area of the city which you apparently like to explore as well.

And the food beats Montreal all to hell.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-16-2022, 07:30 AM  
Too many lenses
Posted By jgnfld
Replies: 102
Views: 3,313
I only have a dozen-odd lenses. But in my poverty-stricken state, I still find myself gravitating to two most often and 3 less often for specialized cases. The others only very rarely. (I have sold a few older primes over the years, to be fair.)

2 most: 16-85/55-300PLM, obviously (though we'll think about a 16-50 PLM one of these days).
3 used, but less often: 40mm Ltd/70mm Ltd/100mm (nearly) Ltd

Kinda' still want: 300mm * prime (which might also give me 420mm with my TC in a better way than the 55-300 rather than spring for and then carry around a 150-450).
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-13-2022, 04:58 PM  
Thematic Wildlife
Posted By jgnfld
Replies: 11,652
Views: 677,778
More clarity might be nice, but the composition lines are impeccable.
Forum: General Photography 01-11-2022, 07:16 PM  
Are Pentaxians "Dfferent"?
Posted By jgnfld
Replies: 78
Views: 2,748
While I'm hardly into human portraiture at all, I did happen to notice Princess Kate's 40th photos that have been posted many places this week. There is precisely nothing remotely "clinical" or worth pixel peeping at in them at all. So the royals, at least, don't care about lines/inch, etc.

https://globalnews.ca/news/8500944/kate-middleton-photos-40th-birthday/
Forum: General Photography 01-10-2022, 05:11 AM  
Are Pentaxians "Dfferent"?
Posted By jgnfld
Replies: 78
Views: 2,748
A TRUE noncorformist doesn't want to be noncorformist so much as simply is noncomformist!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-07-2022, 07:04 PM  
Thematic Cats!
Posted By jgnfld
Replies: 1,247
Views: 81,493
Off topic: There is a local reality show here that HGTV has picked up called "Rock Solid Builds". Covers some renovators in mostly outport Newfoundland who are based in my most common sailing destination so I know most every build on the show. It's actually kinda' cute. Still haven't seen my boat in any of the cuts yet, though :-( .
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-07-2022, 04:16 PM  
Thematic Cats!
Posted By jgnfld
Replies: 1,247
Views: 81,493
I made that pic my computer background the second I saw it. You are right about the nice tones--total lighting in the room was 1 60W equivalent cool white CFL. But even more, they are great tones for a windows background as well.

She's a real hunk to snuggle. Kinda like snuggling a whole ham wrapped in a lamb's wool fleece. Had a terrible accident when she was young where a car smashed her hips into about 10 pieces. The X-rays were just plain hideous.Took a year of very intensive nursing to mend her back together but she did recover albeit with a greatly reduced ability to leap to this day. Her urinary and intestinal tracts weren't damaged severely either which was an extreme worry at the time. Uses her front legs and shoulders to pull herself up more than just hopping like most cats. Hasn't hurt her mousing ability as she has weightlifter shoulders.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-07-2022, 02:05 PM  
Thematic Cats!
Posted By jgnfld
Replies: 1,247
Views: 81,493
He's literally 1/2 the size of Gurl Cat. She must weigh 20 pounds and is only somewhat fat. She's just a big girl with a coat that is thick and almost as waterproof as fleece.

Here's a pic of her in my computer rocking chair taken over 2 yrs ago with my K-70... (handheld1/25sec at f4.5 and ISO 3200--the room was quite dim-- @ 53mm using my 16-85mm, I think)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-06-2022, 04:34 PM  
Thematic Cats!
Posted By jgnfld
Replies: 1,247
Views: 81,493
My small male cat likes to sit high on my chest draping over my shoulder when I'm at my computer. I do sometimes have to discourage clawing my shoulder.

Here's a cell selfie... [note, my house is a mess from ongoing renos :-( ]...

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-05-2022, 01:48 PM  
Thematic Cats!
Posted By jgnfld
Replies: 1,247
Views: 81,493
One of mine lies down with her feet under one of my old cast iron radiators! Everything gets warm and toasty.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 01-05-2022, 08:50 AM  
Image processing speed benchmark
Posted By jgnfld
Replies: 25
Views: 855
Sorry to say this but this is not probably not a machine with the best specs for large batch image processing jobs on 100 full frame RAW files even if you fully max it out, put it in a very cold room, and leave it plugged in unless you just set up a job and leave it for a period. Even at 3 min/file the machine will complete the job easily overnight, for example.

Is this the time to mention I started using computers in 1970 where multidimensional scaling runs routinely took up to 24 hours on what passed for the university Control Data "high speed" mainframe? Once a colleague left in his test output lines which specified just an output of the first line of a giant factor analytic study with scores of measures on thousands of subjects. Computer took almost a week to do the job. It printed out the first line of the output as directed and then dumped the program. PI on that grant was NOT happy at having to double pay for a week's CPU time!

Later, doing Monte Carlo studies even on pretty hot desktop machines led to rather long run times--overnight even--even after vectorizing everything and learning multicore programming to boot in R (which most image programmes don't employ much or at all yet) just because there are giga-gazzillions of CPU cycles required.

In this regard, is it possible to run 3 or even 4 instances of the programme you are using on your machine? 4 would likely lock it up pretty good for any other purpose while the jobs are running, but 3 instances might fly and still leave you one core for general stuff.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-04-2022, 05:21 PM  
Thematic Cats!
Posted By jgnfld
Replies: 1,247
Views: 81,493
Good Lord!
Forum: General Photography 01-03-2022, 05:56 PM  
Pentax camera design better than others ?
Posted By jgnfld
Replies: 104
Views: 4,221
The battery grip works with either of the Pentax batteries.
Forum: Pentax KP 01-02-2022, 04:58 AM  
Focus Bracketing
Posted By jgnfld
Replies: 7
Views: 482
Silkypix 10 Pro now does focus bracketing in its compositing menu, as well. I haven't tried it yet, but the other compositing modes work fine. It's labeled "depth of focus compositing".
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 01-01-2022, 06:54 AM  
Thematic Cats!
Posted By jgnfld
Replies: 1,247
Views: 81,493
Cat genes tend to get spread around pretty liberally (libertinely?) as there isn't much directed breeding of them.. So easily possible.

You can trace all sorts of genetic markers around the world and see trade routes, migration routes, etc.I have seen published studies, but not for a while.
Forum: General Photography 12-30-2021, 08:32 AM  
Untouched or post processing
Posted By jgnfld
Replies: 105
Views: 2,614
True enough. But then I'm not trying to sell any portraits to the subject at hand. For my part, my own preference is to look at real people with lived-in faces. But as I said, that's just me--other views on the subject are just fine w/ me. It's just that I tend to look away from prints showing china doll faces. No interest there for me.
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